Get to know your Instructor:

Hello there! My name is Carrie Ann Grippo-Pike, and I have been a professional photographer for over 25 years, working as a full-time staff Newspaper Photojournalist for 14 of those years, and as owner of Shoot for the Moon Images in Rochester, New York which I opened in 1996!

I was hired by Kodak (in the medical research lab), in my Senior Year of High School, and then intended to go into medicine. One week into my college classes I called my parents to tell them I had changed my major to my true passion, and got a BFA in Photography and a Minor in Marketing/Advertising. A few days after graduating college I was hired for my dream job as a newspaper photojournalist. I learned so much in my long career there!

When I decided to leave the media world behind, I devoted my time to family sessions and weddings. My true love, though, was photographing nature, wildlife and landscapes. So that is what I decided to do!!!

Per the requests of photographers, I started to create digital products (Overlays and Digital Backgrounds) of my nature and wildlife photos. It gave me such pleasure and happiness to see my items finding a good home in their composite work!

My love for and ability of taking animal photos led to me being nicknamed “Snow White” by my fans and peers!

Besides my Animal Overlays, I also offer Digital Backgrounds. I travel near and far to capture beautiful, unique and useful seasonal, holiday, and movie-inspired images and scenes. My high-quality digital products cover numerous angles, expressions, poses, lighting and moods so that there is something for everyone’s needs in their composites. My passion is helping fellow photographers achieve their artistic and creative vision with these editing workflow items. If you picture it in your mind’s eye, I can help bring your imagination to life!

I have been married to my husband Gary for 9 years, who, on top of his 25 plus year Military career is so very supportive of my business. He helps me out so much, so that I can devote my time and energy to this wonderful career. I am also a rodent mommy of hamsters and fancy rats, would not survive without macaroni & cheese, am terrified of balloons, and am beyond grateful, honored and blessed to be a part of Summerana’s loving, talented and creative community.

Have a 'picture-perfect' day!

xo Carrie Ann


Carrie Ann shoots with:

Canon EOS 80D body, Canon EOS 60D body, Canon EOS 5D Mark II body

MACRO LENSES:​ Tamron 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Lens

WIDE ANGLE LENSES:​ ​Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 Ultra Wide Zoom Lens, Canon 24-105mm f/4 Lens

TELEPHOTO LENSES: ​Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 Lens, Tamron 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Lens, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens (with the Canon 1.4 extender)

ARTSY LENSES: ​Helios 40-2 85mm f/1.5 Manual Lens

Bogen/Manfrotto Tripod



First Place award, "Personal Work" category in the 2017 annual Shoot & Share Photography Contest (with 332,768 images submitted by 10,000 photographers in that category)

First Place Newspaper “Photographer of the Year” in the New York Press Association Awards


Published photographer in children’s books (Rosen Publishing), magazines (Blue Jean Magazine, Rochester Magazine), calendars (Seneca Park Zoo)

and newspapers (USA Today, Gannett/GateHouse Media, The Huffington Post, The Inquisitor), Getty Images Contributor

Learn how to create storytelling masterpieces:

Carrie Anne is one of our resident instructors for content creating. Her love for animals shows through the beautiful overlays and images she captures.
Polar bear image: Tracy Joy Photography
& Snow White image: Renee Hall Photography

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Overlays, logos, templates, etc. can all be used in software other than Photoshop as long as layers are supported (such as GIMP which is free). Overlays can also be used in Lightroom 4-6 and CC only if utilizing the plugin ON1 Photo 10.


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